First Person View (FPV) drone racing is a popular sport nowadays, but flying one of these machines in a homemade cockpit takes things to a whole new level. To make this a reality, an R/C transmitter was disassembled for its gimbal and potentiometers. The gimbal was then equipped with a long stick for aileron and elevator control, while the potentiometers were hooked up to pedals for the rudder. Read more for a video and additional information.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Saildrone Inc. have just released the video footage recorded by an uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) from inside Hurricane Same barreling across the Atlantic Ocean. More specifically, the Saildrone Explorer SD 1045, which made its way into the category 4 hurricane currently on a path that will most likely miss the U.S. east coast. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Ring Always Home Cam is touted as the world’s first flying indoor security camera, and those lucky enough to be invited, will be able to purchase one now. Simply put, it uses a combination of active sensors and advanced navigation algorithms to fly along your custom, predetermined paths when a Ring Alarm sensor is triggered, or if you prefer, within the Ring App itself. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
Northrop Grumman has officially unveiled a new autonomous aircraft for the Air Force, called the Model 437. This unmanned “loyal wingman” hopes to aid them in the search for the next-generation of drones that could accompany manned planes into battle. This stealthy combat drone boasts a 3,000 mile range and is based on the Model 401, which is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5D engine. Read more for additional pictures and a bonus video on military drones.
The DJI Mavic Mini Combo includes everything you need to get started with a drone, whether it be for leisure or business, and you can get this bundle for $349 shipped, this week only, originally $499. Weighing just 250 grams, the Mavic Mini is as light as some smartphones, which also means it’s classified in the lowest and safest weight class of drones, making it exempt it from certain regulations in most countries. Yes, the takeoff weight includes the battery, propellers, and a microSD card. Product page. Read more for a hands-on unboxing, setup and review video.
It’s not everyday that you see an alligator snagging a drone out of mid-air, much less the footage being shared by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. This video was originally posted by TikTok user @devhlanger, and split into two parts. The first part features George the alligator catching the drone in mid-air and bring it down into the water. The second half has the large reptile trying to eat the device. Read more for both parts and additional information.
Angel Falls in Venezuela is currently the world’s tallest uninterrupted waterfall at 3,212-feet and with a plunge of 2,648-feet. The falls drop over the edge of the Auyán-tepui mountain in the beautiful Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolívar State. Professional FPV drone pilot Ellis van Jason decided to capture some breathtaking footage of this natural wonder. Read more for the video and additional information.
DJI’s Mini SE Drone was not officially announced, and you can pick one up now for $299 shipped. Weighing in at just under 0.55-pounds, this drone is capable of capturing 12.0-megapixel aerial photos and 2.7K HD videos, while a built-in 3-axis motorized gimbal ensures that your footage is always ultra-smooth. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and test footage.
You may have seen refueling planes in-action, but what about an unmanned MQ-25 Stingray drone? Boeing recently tested its advanced manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capabilities by communicating with other manned aircraft without the need for an air vehicle operator on the ground. This happened in a virtual environment with the MQ-25 communicating with the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne command and control aircraft and the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet. Read more for a video and additional information.
Iceland’s tourism industry has been hard hit these past few years, going from nearly 2 million tourists who landed at Keflavik International Airport in 2019 to just 478,000 in 2020. Fast forward to mid-March 2021 when the country to fully vaccinated tourists, around 13 times as many people traveled to Iceland, compared to the very low numbers recorded in May 2020. However, the eruption on Fagradalsfjall might have had something to do with that. Read more for a video of a drone pilot who captured amazing footage of a now empty crater.